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U.S. Cancer Death Rates Keep Falling: Report

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has released its annual facts and figures report and there is some promising news.

The report finds overall cancer death rates have dropped nationwide continuously from 1991. 3.2 million deaths have been averted largely due to reductions in smoking, early detection, and improved treatments. Spokesperson Julie Hart:

"There are still some concerns where we're seeing an estimated 120,000 New Yorkers are going to be diagnosed with cancer this year and nearly 34,000 people are going to lose their battle to cancer."

Lung cancer continues to be the number one cancer killer in New York. The society suggests the state help residents by increasing the cigarette tax by at least $1 per pack.

Read the report:  Cancer Facts & Figures 2021 is an educational companion for Cancer Statistics 2021, a scientific paper published in the American Cancer Society journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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